Fernandez wins first career Joss Tour Event

Dave Fernandez fought off thirty six other players and a comeback bid from Ivaylo Petrov to win the Joss NE 9-Ball Tour's Maine Event IV at TJ's Classic Billiards in Waterville, Me.

Fernandez and Petrov's first meeting at this event was for the hot-seat, where Fernandez won by the narrowest of 9-8 margins.

Petrov had another tough match on the one loss side where he eliminated Jeff Kennedy 9-7.

The final double elimination match saw Petrov get the first match with a 9-7 score to force a final race to 9 in order to determine the final winner.

Fernandez came out strong in the final set and raced to an 8-2 lead, but Petrov refused to quit and win the next five games to pull back within one at 8-7. A dry break from Petrov in rack sixteen was the end of the comeback bid as Fernandez ran out the rack for his first Joss NE 9-Ball Tour win.

Fernandez earned $1100 for first place, while Petrov pocketed $800 for second.

Sunday saw the $500 added Second Chance Non Pro Event where seventeen players put up $20 each for another shot at a tournament payday. This event was won by Joe Dupuis, with Doug Brown taking second. Dupuis won $300 and Brown settled for $200. Six played cashed in the second chance event.

TJ's owner, Steve Reynolds, expressed special thanks to John Lekas from Total Amusements for helping to sponsor the event.

The Joss NE 9-Ball tour will be at Trick Shot Billiards in Clifton Park, NY next weekend for their next tour stop. And don't forget the Turning Stone Classic XVI taking place December 16th - 19th at The Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY. The event is filling fast.